Week 8 NFL Online Betting: Ensure Profitability with These Bold OVER and UNDER Picks
Week 8 of the thrilling 2015-16 NFL online betting season provides us with a whole slew of mouthwatering NFL betting matchups for us to feast on and serve up our total predictions. Feel free to dig in as much as you can in our online betting lines, based on the OVER and UNDER NFL picks we’ve prepared for you below.
Best OVER Picks NFL Week 8
Bengals at Steelers, OVER 48.5
Yes, Pittsburgh’s starting QB Ben Roethlisberger is just making his first return since getting injured against the Rams in Week 3, so it would be hard to expect him to go all clutch against the Bengals. Nonetheless, reports from training indicate that Big Ben is looking all set and motivated to pick up from where he left off, leading the Steelers to an average of 32-points per game in Week 1 and 2 before the injury. Given that this is the Big Ben that torched the Bengals 27-17 at home and 42-21 on the road to sweep the series in 2014; he should probably be good for at least 25-plus points in this game, especially if Le’Veon Bell also comes up big. The Andy Dalton-led offense, meanwhile, is averaging 30.3 points per game this season, and considering the Steelers have not been the stingiest of defensive units this season, Cincinnati should be able to tally more-or-less the same number of points they are averaging. When you add up all that, an OVER total looks to be in the offing here.
Giants at Saints, OVER 49
Despite the struggles these two teams have had this year, there is no shred of doubt that veteran quarterbacks Drew Brees (Saints) and Eli Manning (Giants) rank up there amongst the best arms in the league. This is affirmed by their NFL betting legacies so far. On the season, for instance, the fact that the Saints are averaging 29 PPG scoring (with 21 PPG conceded) in their last two games is proof of Brees’ prowess. The Giants, on the other hand, have been touch and go in a shifty way, but they’ve scoring 20-plus points this season in all but the error-strewn 27-7 loss to the Eagles. With two leaky defenses and two solid QBs going against each other in a vital operation save-the-season game, a shootout affair should be in the books, helping the total to go beyond 50 points.
Cardinals at Browns, OVER 46
With the Cardinals boast a 5-2 OVER record on the season, including a 2-1 OVER record on the road, and the Browns also locking up a 5-1 OVER record this season, this clash has all the bearings of a high-scoring affair. Even more notably, the Cards are scoring 32.7 points per game, which should allow them to blow past the Cleveland defense that is allowing 26 points per game and gave up 24 to a lackluster Rams team last week. The Browns, on the flip side, should feel buoyed of putting up some decent points against Arizona’s defense that is conceding 19 points, especially if Josh McCown is up to the task.
Best UNDER Picks NFL Week 8
Vikings at Bears, UNDER 42
Including the 21-13 win by the Bears over the Vikings in 2014, three of the last five games between the Vikings and Bears have ended up in UNDER totals. In addition, The UNDER is 6-1 in the Vikings’ past seven vs. the NFC North. But even more notably, both teams have struggled for consistency in the offense—this season—with the Vikings largely relying on RB Adrian Peterson (who’s had a couple of off-games) while the Bears suffering due to Jay Cutler’s injury concerns. Added to the fact that the Vikings rank in the top-10 in nearly all major defensive categories while Chicago often features a solid defensive front when playing in the Windy City, an average scoring affair looks likely here, allowing the total to stay UNDER.
Seahawks at Cowboys, UNDER 41
The last thing the injury-laden, four-game skidding Cowboys would want to hear right now is that they’ll be facing a hard-nosed secondary that could add to their injury woes. Unfortunately for them, that’s what they have on their Week 8 menu—a stinging test against Seattle’s ferocious Legion of Doom defense that eats up passers for breakfast, lunch and supper. This is definitely not good news for free agent QB Matt Cassel, who will be making just his second start for the Cowboys, and star WR Dez Bryant, who is expected back in the lineup after sitting out of the team for over one month due to injury. Conversely, Seattle’s QB is coming off a game where he yielded to pressure, throwing two interceptions and one TD against San Francisco. Against a Dallas defense that has all its key defensive pieces in place, his production could be equally limited. With the QB production looking likely to be limited on both sides, a slugfest looks likely, unless Dallas’ Darren McFadden and Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch explode for monster end-zone performances.
Tennessee at Houston, UNDER
This is pretty simple… both Tennessee (minus Marcus Mariota) and Houston have been playing miserable offense, so this game is likely to be a dull low-scoring game that will keep the total below 40. This should especially be possible, given that QB T.J. Yates is almost guaranteed to be shaky in his first start for the Texans who let go of Ryan Mallet, while Tennessee’s QB Teddy Bridgewater (starting in the absence of the injured Mariota) will find it hard to permeate the J.J. Watt-led Houston defense.
Jets at Raiders, UNDER 44
Derek Carr and his offensive unit have been littering points all over the place when playing weaker defenses such as Baltimore and San Diego, but when pitted against mean defenses, the story is entirely different. A good case in point is Oakland’s Week 5 clash against Denver, where the team struggled and lost 16-10 in the NFL lines. With the Jets boasting of one of the best defensive units in in the league right now, allowing just 17.5 points per game, the Raiders are bound to struggle. Meanwhile, the Jets have also been a low/average scoring team, often focusing more on defending the ball. That should similarly limit their production against the improved Oakland defense, hence leading to tame-scoring game that will keep the total low for an UNDER.
Green Bay at Denver, UNDER 45.5
Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback on the planet, and Peyton Manning—even with his much-talked about struggles this season—can still light it up if he wants to, so the expectation is that the two future Hall of Famers will be able give a score-fest. Unfortunately for Rodgers, Denver’s defense is the real deal, a fact that is underscored by a host of solid performances this season. And having studied his tapes and all, you can be sure that the blitz-minded Broncos will not be allowing him space in the pocket this Sunday. As for Manning, well, his turnover-prone nature this season is almost guaranteed to get him into trouble with the bend-don’t-break Green Bay defense (averaging 16.8 points allowed) that often rises up to such occasions. Simply put, the popular—and well-founded—idea that the D-lines will decide this game is true, so better believe it and expect a low-scoring duel.
Other OVER/UNDER NFL Picks for Week 8
• Lions at Chiefs, OVER 45
• Buccaneers at Falcons, OVER 48.5
• 49ers at Rams, UNDER 39.5
• Chargers at Ravens, OVER 50
• Colts at Panthers, OVER 46.5